The Garmin Forerunner 630 is a dynamic running watch with outstanding running features and an activity tracker. The majority of joggers, walkers, and runners found this smartwatch helpful while used. One mentioned highlight is the fact that it helps them to improve their running form. However, many others mentioned they did not like the watch in the beginning, but after a couple of firmware upgrades, they appreciate the functions more and more.
Pros / What Customers Like:
Many runners found the large display of the Forerunner 630 easy to read while running. While the touchscreen is responsive, but they found it needs contact with the back casing to function well. The good news is they found using it during winter perfect while wearing gloves.
Another important feature consumers found helpful is that they can customize the activity profiles.
The majority of athletes using the watch for running found the Glonass enabled helpful and extremely accurate.
One thing noted is that users prefer the new charger clip compared to the old magnetic clip available on older versions. They found fastening the clip easy.
When it comes to the Garmin Connect Sync, it is flawless as many runners mentioned it helps to save their run. It provides them with a complete log of events. Everything is done through the Bluetooth connection.
Another helpful feature is the Smart Notifications as it receives text directly on the watch and is a time saver, especially in winter when running outdoors.
An added bonus joggers found is the longer band and great for winter as it makes fastening the smartwatch with gloves easier
Cons / What Customers Don't Like:
One thing that most users complained about is the backlight that is very dim and illuminates unevenly. This is okay for reading at night but during the day not so great. However, they did like the setting to activate the backlight when you turn your wrist.
A big negative most professional runners noted is that you cannot replace the strap with just any other strap as the transmitters built into the strap and not machine washable. Yet, one competitive runner found that the transmitters removable after opening the battery compartment. One might see replacement straps in the near future.
Lastly an important feature for most athletes it does not have a wrist-based heart rate monitor, step counting, sleep tracking and is expensive.
The Forerunner 620 does not come cheap, but for runners, the watch offers loads of tracking features. Even while it does not include a wrist-based heart rate monitor, it is bundled with the Garmin HRM-Run heart rate strap.